2014 Faculty Mentor Award

Faculty Mentor Award

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA), now in its tenth year, honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting graduate students. The Graduate Assembly presents three FMAs to selected mentors every year. When possible, one of these awards is reserved for a faculty member or teaching staff from a professional degree program. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates or consist of jointly written letters. The 2014 FMA Ceremony honoring our winners will be held on April 15 from 4-6pm in Anna Head Alumnae Hall on Haste Street. The ceremony is open to all Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Any member of the Academic Senate or teaching staff affiliated with a graduate degree-granting program (including professional programs) can be nominated for the award so long as the nominee directs advanced degree work. Nominees can include lecturers with and without security of employment; assistant, associate, and full professors, and emeriti. Individuals who have won an award in the last two years (2013 and 2012) are not eligible for the 2014 awards. Previous nominees who have not received the award may be re-nominated.

Selection Criteria
The FMA recognizes distinction in mentoring and advising only.  Therefore, it is meant to recognize outstanding commitment to mentoring an advisee, and not the relationship between a faculty member and someone who was only their GSI.

The selection committee would like to know how the nominee has exceeded the standard role played by an adviser with respect to the three following critera:

1. To what extent has the nominee helped the nominator(s) become a professional in their field?
2. To what extent has the nominee helped shape the graduate work of the nominator(s)?
3. To what extent has the nominee provided outstanding personal support/development (in any form)?

The selection committee is interested in specific examples of extraordinary mentorship, but since the committee is composed of graduate students from a variety of disciplines, and interested only in identifying excellence in advising, we recommend that your letters not focus too much on research specifics.

Nomination Process
In order to nominate a faculty member, you must be a graduate student or recent graduate who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates or consist of jointly written letters.

Nominations must include:

1) A completed nomination form (you can download it below or pick up a copy at the GA);

2) Three (3) letters of recommendation, each no longer than 800 words; letters must include the first and last names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and contact telephone numbers of each recommender. There is a max of 3 letters (we will only read the first 3 if you include more than that).

Please note the following special nomination instructions:

  • All nominations must be submitted electronically to execassist@ga.berkeley.edu with the subject heading “FMA Nomination" or  in person to the GA in Anthony Hall. We will not accept nominations in any other way.
  • Electronic nominations must be sent in a single e-mail which includes the Nomination Form and all letters of recommendation as a complete packet. The e-mail should be sent by a designated primary nominator.
  • Paper applications, complete with Nomination Form and all letters of recommendation, may be submitted to the GA in one complete package to the front desk in Anthony Hall.
  • We highly recommend that you notify the faculty member being nominated.


Seventh Annual Joint Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring and Faculty Mentor Awards

2013 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Andrea Peterson --Law
  • Patricia Penn Hilden --Ethnic Studies
  • Juana Maria Rodriguez --Gender and Women Studies

2013 Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award Winners (formerly Sarlo Awards)

  • Robert Berman --Chemistry
  • Raka Ray --Sociology and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Leonardo Arriola --Political Science (Junior Faculty Award)


Sixth Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards

2012 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Teresa Caldeira--City and Regional Planning
  • Alastair Iles--Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Craig Moritz--Integrative Biology

2012 Sarlo Winners

  • Nancy Lee Peluso--Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • Bernd Sturmfels--Mathematics
  • Jake Kosek--Geography (Junior Faculty Award)


Fifth Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards

2011 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Jennifer Miller--English
  • Barrie Thorne--Sociology
  • David Ackerly--Integrative Biology

2011 Sarlo Winners

  • Irina Paperno--Slavic Languages and Linteratures
  • Maria Paz Gutierriez--Architecture (Junior Faculty Award)


Fourth Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards

2010 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Lisa F. Barcellos--Public Health
  • Tsu-Jae King Liu--Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Nicholas Paige--French

2010 Sarlo Winners

  • Louise Fortmann--Environmental Science, Policy & Management
  • Kent G. Lightfoot--Anthropology
  • Mark Healey--History (Junior Faculty Award)

Third Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards | Poster | Program

2009 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Inez Fung--Earth and Planetary Science
  • Carla Hesse--History
  • Loren Patridge--History of Art

2009 Sarlo Winners

  • Marianne Constable--Rhetoric
  • Amani Nuru-Jeter--Public Health (Junior Faculty Award)

Second Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards | Poster | Program

2008 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Dru Dougherty--Spanish and Portuguese
  • Paola Bacchetta--Gender and Women's Studies
  • Carlos F. Daganzo--Civil and Environmental Engineering

2008 Sarlo Winners

  • Susanna Barrows--History
  • Alexandre Chorin--Mathematics
  • Irene Bloemraad--Sociology (Junior Faculty Award)

First Annual Joint Ceremony of the Sarlo and Faculty Mentor Awards | Poster

2007 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Richard Norgaard--Energy and Resource Group
  • Willian B. Taylor--History
  • Christine Wildsoet--Optometry

2007 Sarlo Winners

  • Jose David Saldivar--Ethnic Studies
  • Maximilian Auffhammer--Agricultural and Resource Economics (Junior Faculty Award)
  • Sofia Berto Villas-Boas--Agricultural and Resource Economics (Junior Faculty Award)

2006 Faculty Mentor Award Winners | Poster

  • Nelson Graburn--Anthropology
  • Ananya Roy--City and Regional Planning, Environmental Design
  • John Lindow--Scandinavian Studies

2005 Faculty Mentor Award Winners

  • Severin Borenstein--Haas School of Business
  • David Collier--Political Science
  • Jabari Mahiri--Education
  • Thomas Scanlon--Mathematics

2004 Faculty Mentor Award Winners (first year) | Program

  • Patricia Baquedano-Lopez--LLSC, Graduate School of Education
  • Sally Fairfax--Society and Environment, Division of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • John Harte--Division of Ecosystem Sciences, ESPM College of Natural Resources, Energy and Resource Group
  • Donald Moore--Social Cultural Anthropology